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Pickwick Lake Tennessee TN Fishing Report: 22 May 2018
Pickwick Lake Elevation 414
Water temp 72
We are catching a large number of fish although most of them are under 15″. Big flats are holding a lot of fish that are fairly easy to catch on silver sided lipless crankbaits such as Strike King Red Eye Shad. I have caught more fish on the larger 3/4oz Red Eye Shad. The live bait we have seen the large mouth chase have been pretty good size minnows so naturally the larger baits are going to attract more bass. Ledges just off of flats are holding good fish, the best way to catch these fish are with a carolina rig with a green or pumpkin Strike King Rage Tail crawfish or lizards. You can catch a few large bass on deep water humps and ledges right now using big spinner baits, Carolina rigs and deep diving crank baits. Series 6XD crank baits have produced several fish in deep water over the last few weeks. Fishing crank baits along the main lake bluffs is another productive way to catch a fair amount of bass right now. I have caught several good fish over the last few days fishing a larger crank bait in a situation where you would normally use a smaller one. By cranking a little slower you can use a Series 6XD in 12-15′ and catch bigger fish. Late in the afternoon after it gets dark use a black spinner bait, sometimes it helps to have red accents. Black and blue plastics carolina and texas rigging has also worked well at night.
The best baits are small grubs, Strike King Series 3 crank baits and inline spinners. We have caught more white bass below the dam. Fishing along the main river banks. When current is running strong you are sure to catch a limit.
If you use a sassy shad you will usually out perform a store bought minnows. You can troll a deep diving crank bait in the late afternoon and catch a few stripers that way as well. Right before dark have big top water bait ready because they are starting to come to the surface. Make sure you use a top water bait that moves a lot of water when it is moving across the turbulent surface.
Catfish are biting good right now. They are biting night crawlers in 5-15′. We are catching a large number on big flats with night crawlers and crickets and turkey liver.
Crappie are picking up in numbers. We have caught several on small grubs in and around the brushy areas.
Compliments of Clagett Talley 731-607-5266 www.pickwickareaguide.com
01 May 2018
Pickwick Lake Elevation 414
Water Temp. 65
You can find bass in shallow and deep water right now. For the most part I am catching most of the fish I catch shallow, they are a little easier to target in shallow water. The deep water areas change in location more than the shallow areas. To start off the day I am using a small Strike King series 3 crankbait on main lake points, I will also cover the main lake bank and the bank in the cove approx 100′ each way of these points with the crankbait if it is a productive point. During the day I am still focusing on shallow water, most of the fish I have caught lately have came out of 1-5′ of water. Red eye Shad and soft plastic lures have accounted for the biggest number of fish I have caught in shallow water. As far as fishing below the dam for bass, I have caught several on live minnows drifting along the banks. If I had to chose one bait, Strike King Series 3 Crank Baits have accounted for most bass above an below the dam.
White bass are still easy to catch, if you are after numbers now is the time to go fish for white bass. I catch a lot of white grubs on 1/4oz jigs close to the bank. I also catch a lot on small crankbaits. White or crawfish colored crankbaits work well.
Big stripers are starting to show up. In the morning and late afternoon you can catch them shallow by fishing a plastic bait shallow around the boils. I am catching most of the big fish drifting downstream with a big crankbait such as a Strike King Series 6XD.
Sauger can still be caught by trolling crankbaits. The ideal crankbait for me has been a Strike King Series 3 in bright colors.
You can still catch catfish in shallow water right now. To catch these shallow catfish I usually fish with a live worm and float in 3-6′ of water.
Compliments of Clagett Talley 731-607-5266 or www.pickwickareaguide.com
For general lake information on Pickwick Lake:
Outdoor Alabama Official Website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources